Spectres of looped breath and unidentified animal sounds drift forth, as if from some lost field recording buried in the wilderness, before being joined by swells of sharply droning strings, swirling and shifting forward and back like some wandering spirit. The presence of the performer is apparent as if we’ve stumbled into a secret rite, or recovered the evidence of its happening.
A longing for a lost place and the ghosts of childhood memories haunt Death In Glendale, the death referring to the deforestation of the area and the destruction of the past associated with it. The effects drenched sound of the psychedelic guitar has been left to wind its solitary way through a sparse terrain of field recordings, singing bowl, and voice.
Forest Mourning is the project of Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska guitarist, Chris Watson, and trades the maximal approach of Snakes for a sparser more explorative approach on this recording. Recorded with a minimal setup in two single takes, the guitar shifts between purely textural drone through to haunting, almost folk-like melodies before clanging its way to a conclusion over a bed of subtle vocals and field recordings taken from the forest that forms its theme.